The Introvert and Effective Leadership with Berry Kruijning


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Can introverts lead well? If so, what makes an introvert a good leader? According to our guest, Berry Kruijning, approximately 30% of workplace leaders in North America are introverts, and their unique approach to leadership is something to be recognized and maximized. Instead of adjusting to a one-size-fits-all standard of expectations, Berry believes that introverted leaders should embrace their introversion and tap into the unique qualities that set them apart as effective leaders.

Give this episode a listen, and learn more about introversion in the workplace from Berry Kruijning, leadership development and communications coach, teacher, and founder of Crowning Communications.


  • Introverts like to become prepared, so you can make virtual meetings more introvert-friendly by sending out an agenda in advance.
  • Introverts can stay in control during “tough conversations” by coming prepared, listening, and asking probing questions.
  • Quality, excellence, and productivity are motivating factors for introverts.
  • Successful introvert leaders embrace being an introvert, acknowledge that, and build a team around them with people that compliment them in their abilities.
  • Culture change starts with recognizing that, in a team, you need both introverted and extroverted people.


Berry Kruijning helps organizations recognize the different approach of the introverted leader. With a background in leadership coaching, communications coaching, and teaching, Berry is passionate about helping introverts “embrace their introversion” and find strength in their unique perspectives.


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